My high school
daughter came home today and drew me into a private room to talk. There she sat on the bed next to me and poured out her heart. To keep privacy, all I can say is that more and more students are declaring among themselves that they are bi (bi as in bisexual,
as in attracted to and happy to have sex with both genders) and my daughter finds this difficult and feels alone. With more tears, my daughter reveals that most of her acquaintance joke about being gay. Some are okay with experimenting.
None are Christians, in fact some come from a strongly declared atheist backgrounds, and some from obvious abuse through a history of notable self-harm. My daughter is lonely and loves God's heart. She knows the effects this mindset has on people's lives
simply through the devastation we see at the Medical Practice were I work.
We have friends, ‘Christian’ and not, whose children have claimed the bi/gay label for themselves. This is an odd time in history.
We could panic.
the overwhelmingly fast societal spread of this new thinking is unprecedented. We know the battle is neither with people nor their choices. The battle is a spiritual force so strong that it advertises our place in the end of God’s story very clearly.
The devil is roaring about with fury because he knows his time is short.
As much as I want to be alarmed and pull my children from every wave of influence out there that could distort their view of God––that would be wrong. The spiritual force
belonging to the God and Creator of our universe (and our tiny earth) is far more powerful!
But how do we act?
I think we surround our children with the influence of powerful leaders who are moving under the influence of the Spirit. We find this
through Spirit-filled media, online sermons, our loving church bases, our youth groups, our friendships within the community. We create fun and tender environments where our kids see the difference of God working powerfully in our own lives and ‘want
what we got’. We step above the issues of this world and look out at the whole story from God’s view.
We don’t have long.
us the length of time between our birth and death date only. Make every breath of it count for His glory. While we have life we can be shining lights, examples of His power in us. Examples of His bringing life to dead bones!
Curiously lacking passion? Look where God’s eyes are tearing up: at the helpless, the enslaved, the pressured, the untold. We are not of these groups. We have already been given everything in Jesus life and death, and every power is ours for use.
As Christian families we need to use this and pray in wisdom over our children. We need to make our older folks even more aware of the realities of life for our precious teens. We need their specific prayer. As adults we need to stand up and look out of
the comfort zones of everyday living and the distractions of our luxury lifestyle in New Zealand––and pray. Face down, informed, determined, knowing if we have breath we have purpose and influence in the battle to shine Jesus fame! And the joy
Our community, our town, is such a treasure. We can love with the fierce and wisdom-filled love of our Role Model, and guide these kids into having a tremendous purpose that will draw them in when they soon go it alone.
to showcase the beguiling beauty of strong marriages in Jesus, while also teaching the reality that STI’s (sexually transmitted diseases) are fast becoming untreatable with antibiotics. Our flesh world is only going to get worse over the years. They
need to know that mistakes happen (I have the worst history myself), but we live under the covering of a King who will never condemn us.
We need to show them Jesus!! More and more!!! They will be witnesses
of Him to only what they witness of Him. This is our shift. We are on duty.
We must pray for the glories of His higher perspective to be fixed as number one in our kid’s minds. They must be equipped
and taught to fight and to stand. Forewarned and educated—steeping in the words Jesus spoke about us, so they act in His power when they are weakest.
Grandparents at church, we need your prayers!